You are walking along fiddling with your phone and BAM!, you walk into a caterpillar hanging by a silk like thread from an Oak tree – not exactly a highlight of your day. What are these aerial assault caterpillars and are they a problem to you or the tree?
Late winter during the time when Live Oaks drop their leaves, I am often told “Leaves are killing my lawn!” Leaves do not kill your lawn. Cutting the water back during cooler weather, wearing you lawn out by raking leaves and the roots of the tree – that will kill your lawn - but Oak leaves are not killing your lawn.
Fall is the season when I am asked “Why does my lawn look like it is dying?”. Well, the lawn isn’t dying, it is simply transitioning from summer growth to winter rest.
Critics of lawn spraying claim that lawn spraying is bad for you, your pets and the environment and the lawn is a useless and meaningless use of the good earth. The claims are bogus – it is all about feelings and not about science.
I service lawns irrigated with reclaimed water - 3x per week water privileges - and many with well water - restricted to 2x per week watering and a few with city water (Potable) restricted to 1x per week. My observation is: Once per week watering is insufficient to sustain a St Augustine lawn in Pinellas County – it does not work!
There is no one solution for weed control and it is a never ending process of rinse and repeat. Currently there is no one solution for weeds – they are a reoccurring and complex problem.
Brown Patch is caused by a fungus that when conditions are perfect, it can cause some cosmetic (not lethal) damage to St Augustine turf. The good news is it is not permanent - more like a cold that a fatal disease.